A reader of ours shared an interesting article published in The Independent last week (thanks, David) and indeed, it was a thought-provoking piece that led to this post. The article is entitled â€œOver-parenting is the curse of our time.â€ Basically, the premise is that more and more parents in the UK are doing more than what is expected of them as parents. Indeed, they are behaving in such a way that they are stifling their children and robbing them of the chance to live their lives normally.
How so? The article relates how children who are over-parented (if there is such a word) and cannot deal with what life dishes out to them on their own. Technology and society, as a whole, do no seem to be helping out in this matter â€“ cell phones, for example, become tools for parents to hold on tight to their children all the more.
So what do I think about this? I can see the truth behind the articleâ€™s ideas. Indeed, I have met a lot of people â€“ both parents and children â€“ who are in this situation. An adult of 21 could very well be on his own two feet but instead is tied to his mumâ€™s apron strings. I am not sure about what the article says regarding this situation being more common in rich families, though. I believe that over-parenting can happen with the middle class as well. After all, it is not merely money that dictates this overwhelming sense of protectiveness. It is the parentsâ€™ desire to make sure that everything goes on well with their childâ€™s life.
Being as protective as I am, I am glad that I read this article. I just hope that I wonâ€™t end up being an Ã¼ber-parent.